Many EU governments place restrictions on travel to the Government-controlled areas (GCA) of Donetsk and Luhansk for their nationals. The UK Government currently advises against all travel to any parts of Donetsk, Luhansk or the Crimea. This means that the British Council, as manager of the Programme, will not be able to award grants that would require the travel by EU nationals to GCA Donetsk or Luhansk. From a duty of care perspective, the British Council's preference is also to avoid funding programme activity that requires the travel by Ukrainian nationals, not ordinarily resident in GCA Donetsk and Luhansk, to those areas.
It is important that the Programme's opportunities are available to potential participants in all parts of government-controlled Ukraine. Cultural operators in GCA Donetsk and Luhansk are therefore fully eligible to apply for international mobility grants, and for national and international cooperation projects. Such applicants may, however, need to plan for project activity involving people from other parts of Ukraine, or from other countries, to take place in neighbouring oblasts.